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Ipswich Town (1) 1 - 1 (0) Nottingham Forest

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Referee: Gavin Ward

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 21,130

Manager: Billy Davies

Match Number: 3317


 Grant Leadbitter (1)
 Robert Earnshaw (59)


Dexter BlackstockDele Adebola (46)
Joe GarnerRobert Earnshaw (58)
Paul AndersonGarath McCleary (76)


 Lee Martin (24)
 Grant Leadbitter (45)
 Jack Colback (85)
 Gareth McAuley (90)
 Joe Garner (31)
 Chris Gunter (40)
 Dele Adebola (68)
 David McGoldrick (78)



Lee Camp

Luke Chambers

Wes Morgan

Chris Gunter

Joel Lynch

Paul Anderson

Chris Cohen

Paul McKenna

Joe Garner

David McGoldrick

Dexter Blackstock



Paul Smith

Kelvin Wilson

Lewis McGugan

Guy Moussi

Dele Adebola

Robert Earnshaw

Garath McCleary

Match Report

Pressure mounts on Roy Keane at Ipswich

Roy Keane claimed Ipswich Town’s worst start for 40 years, but things could have been considerably worse for the manager as he left the pitch to boos on Tuesday night.

They are without a win in seven league matches, but came close to losing an absorbing encounter in stoppage time when Dele Adebola raced clear on goal only to be tugged back by Gareth McAuley, who was sent off, on the edge of the penalty area. Nottingham Forest wasted the chance, having equalised after the break when Robert Earnshaw, out of favour and restless at Forest, prodded in within ten seconds of coming on.

Ipswich shook off their edginess in taking the lead after just 40 seconds, when Grant Leadbitter stretched to volley in from Jon Stead’s flick-on, but they hit too many long passes, lacked poise and ultimately lost momentum.

Keane has shaken his head at the mentality of some players cushioned by a sleepy Suffolk mentality, but curtailed his criticism for fear of alienating the squad. He wants to bring in a striker, among others, on loan. “I won’t lose any sleep,” Keane said. “The game summed up where we are at and we lost the fans in the second half. I was happy as there were signs of encouragement. Nearly there.”

McAuley had a header cleared off the line near the end and there were positives in the performances of Carlos Edwards, whose speed was a handful, and Liam Rosenior.

Forest struggled to retain possession early on, but after gaining composure they came close several times before Earnshaw played a sharp one-two with Adebola, took one touch and chipped the advancing goalkeeper. The Wales striker’s rhythmic celebration owed plenty to his being relegated down the pecking order this campaign, having plundered 17 goals last season.

Any talk of a rift with Billy Davies, with whom Earnshaw worked at Derby County when things went sour, has been denied. “He will get the credit,” Davies said. “Both strikers who came on were outstanding, but we have six strikers here.”

Davies has targeted bringing in a dominant centre half among three new signings.

Gary Jacob (The Times)

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